“Any involvement by a foreign government in the murder of a Canadian on Canadian soil constitutes an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau told the lower house of Canada’s Parliament.
The prime minister added that Canada “has expressed its deep concerns to top security officials and the Indian government” regarding the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June in the western city of Surrey. Canada.
Singh Nijjar, shot dead by unknown assailants in the parking lot of a Sikh temple, was accused of terrorism by Indian authorities for having defended the creation of an independent country in the state of Punjab, Khalistan, for the Sikh minority .
Trudeau today briefed the country’s top political leaders on Canadian intelligence findings on Indian involvement in the assassination and said that at the G20 summit, held in India on September 9-10, he had asked for explanations from his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.
“In the strongest possible terms, I recommend that the Indian government work with Canada to get to the bottom of this matter,” said the Canadian Prime Minister, who described what happened as “extremely serious.” .
On September 1, the Canadian government announced the suspension of negotiations with India with a view to signing a free trade agreement, without explaining the reasons. Canada also canceled a trade mission to India that was scheduled to take place in October.
About 1.8 million people of Indian origin live in Canada, of whom about 770,000 are Sikh.
The leader of the social-democratic New Democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, the fourth party in the Canadian Parliament, is Sikh.
By Impala News / Lusa
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